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Mid-range LG Q7 goes on sale in Korea at $455 and up before expanding to ‘global markets’

By Adrian Diaconescu June 14, 2018, 6:06 am

In the market for a “FullVision” smartphone with (relatively) thin screen bezels and no notch? If you can settle for a middling Snapdragon 450 processor instead of the ultra-high-end 845 silicon powering the G7 ThinQ, there’s another respectable LG handset on the horizon.

Technically, two of them, although the Q7 and Q7+ are obviously very similar. In fact, the Plus variant only stands out with a little extra memory and internal storage space, as well as a slightly more capable rear-facing camera.

Identical from a design standpoint, the LG Q7 and Q7+ have been formally unveiled last month, making their commercial debut tomorrow, June 15, in South Korea. Regionally priced at the rough equivalent of $455 (KRW 495,000) and $525 (570,000 won) respectively, the two Android 8.0-based mid-rangers are slated to expand to “global markets” across Asia, Latin America, the Middle East, Africa and Europe over the next few weeks.

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Still no word on US availability, but last year’s Q6 Amazon launch makes us hopeful. Clearly, the LG Q7 will be costlier than its predecessor, which is currently fetching $280 in a “standard” version. A $400 or so starting tag is our best guess right now, since the G7 ThinQ sells for $750 in the US, and significantly more in LG’s homeland.

Both the Q7 and Q7+ come with a 2:1 FHD+ 5.5-inch display, 3000mAh battery, IP68 water and dust resistance, rear-mounted fingerprint scanner, 5MP wide angle selfie shooter, Hi-Fi Quad DAC technology, extra-robust metallic design, and AI-leveraging QLens camera features. The standard variant packs 3GB RAM, 32GB digital hoarding room and a 13MP primary snapper, while the Q7 Plus upgrades everything to 4, 64 gigs and 16 megapixels.

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